Knott's Soak City Wave Pool and Speed Slides

BUENA PARK, Calif. (May 2015) – Summer fun is just around the corner at the 13-acre water park, Knott’s Soak City. Adjacent to the world-famous Knott’s Berry Farm theme park, the water park will open daily from May 23 – Labor Day and Sept. 12 and Sept. 13. Additionally, Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City water park are pleased to announce that they will be offering FREE admission to active, veteran and retired United States Military personnel Saturday through Monday of Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25). 

Soak City is Southern California’s premier water park with a theme inspired by beach and surf towns of the 1950’s Orange and Los Angeles County coast.  Water slides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City pay tribute to the area’s rich surfing heritage with names like Malibu Run and Laguna Storm Watch Tower.  And like those at Knott’s theme park, the rides and attractions at Knott’s Soak City are truly world-class. 

Pacific Spin is Soak City’s most action-packed water adventure to date, carrying 700 passengers per hour at a maximum speed of 35 feet per second! This thrilling multi-person raft ride includes a 132-foot long tunnel that drops its riders 75 feet into a six-story funnel.  After pitching riders back and forth through swirling water, the ride culminates in a waterfall splash.  Guests with the need for more speed, can brave the waves from high atop Old ManFalls or race friends headfirst on a mat down the multi-lane speed slides of Banzai Falls.  Take in the summer sun and conquer the swells of Tidal Wave Bay’s wave pool. In addition, the park’s figure-eight Sunset River is the widest and one of the longest water park lazy rivers anywhere!

Time to relax?  With 35 semi-private cabanas available for rent by the day, guests can have it made in the shade.  Soak City cabanas are furnished with lounge chairs and an umbrella shaded table, and offer waiter service and free inner-tube rentals.  For cabana reservations visit

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 26August 9, all 2015 Knott’s Soak City, Gold and Platinum Season Passholders can enter the water park half an hour before it opens to the general public with exclusive early entry starting at 9:30 a.m.

Knott’s Soak City Orange County owns the distinction of being one of the safest water parks in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year the lifeguard staff of Soak City Orange County has been awarded the Platinum National Aquatic Safety Award for consistently exceeding the criteria for aquatic safety. This award is granted only to facilities scoring in the top eight percent of the audit criteria as established by Jeff Ellis & Associates, a leader in aquatic safety consulting for water parks worldwide. Soak City Orange County was also awarded the Decade of Aquatic Safety Excellence Award at the 2013 IASS Training in Arizona.

Guests can maximize their summertime fun by upgrading to a Gold Season Pass and ride and slide at both the Knott’s theme park and Soak City every day of the 2015 season. A Knott’s Soak City Gold Season Pass price is $99.96 or 4 payments of $24.99 when purchased online through May 25. Regular admission for the water park is just $38 and $27 for juniors (ages 3-11) and seniors (62 and over) and includes unlimited use of all water park rides and attractions; kids under 3 years old are always free.

This Memorial Day weekend (May 23 – 25) the Knott’s Berry Farm Military Tribute promotion will provide all active, veteran and retired U.S. military with free admission to Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City.  A valid military ID must be presented to receive free admission. “We would like thank our men and women in the military and their families for the sacrifice they make,” said Raffi Kaprelyan, general manager of Knott’s Berry Farm, “this program is a small way we can show our gratitude and appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication to the safety of our country.” Active and retired members of the U.S. military will also be able to purchase discounted admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) for Knott’s Berry Farm for only $41.00 for each Regular ticket and $31.00 for Regular admission to Knott’s Soak City (no discount on Jr./Sr. ticket at either park). 

Operating days, hours and prices vary and are subject to change. For information on the day that you plan to visit, please call (714) 220-5200 or visit Join the conversation by using #SoakCityOC.

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